Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds
If you’re anything like me, you go through a lot of coffee grounds in a year. Of course, like most things, coffee grounds can be given another life after they have served their original purpose. Instead of throwing them away, there are so many ways you can reuse them! I’ve taken some time to write down some of my favorite ways to reuse coffee grounds for you all, and I hope you find them useful!
Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds
One of the most popular ways to reuse old coffee grounds is as a fertilizer for your garden. Just sprinkle the old grounds over the soil in your garden before, or after planting, and your plants will thank you! Coffee Grounds work very well for a fertilizer, especially if your soil could use some acidity.
Along the same lines, coffee grounds do very well in your compost. They can actually balance out the pH levels in the soil, making your compost high-quality soil!. They also help to reduce the odors of the other food products while compost is happening.
Trash Can Deodorizer
Speaking of reducing odors, you can fill a cheese cloth, or an old pair of pantyhose with some used coffee grounds, and attach it to the inside of the lid of your garbage can. This works better to reduce foul smells than any odor-reducing trash bags ever did.
If you want to make your skin silky smooth, just use your old coffee grounds to exfoliate with. Add them to a little coconut oil, and rub them all over your skin, wherever dry patches appear and watch your skin glow. Here’s a simple Coffee Scrub Recipe to start with.
If you are in the habit of doing crafts with your kids, coffee makes an excellent medium! You can use it, with a little hot water, to make a pretty dye for Easter Eggs, material, and the like, Coffee grounds also make awesome, realistic dirt for 3-d art projects. Rub a little coconut oil on a child’s face, and sprinkle on a few coffee grounds on for a realistic looking beard!
If you work with things like garlic, onions, or cilantro often, you will notice that even after washing, your hands can contain the odor of the items you touched for a long period of time. Rub your hands with used coffee grounds to get rid of the lingering smell.
Most bugs, or cats, don’t like the smell or taste of coffee grounds. Sprinkle them liberally around the foundation of your house to help keep bugs at bay. In your garden or flower beds, sprinkle coffee grounds around the borders to keep cats and pesky bugs out.
Hair Oil Treatment
If your hair needs a little oil treatment, simply rub a handful of coffee grounds through your hair after washing to help replenish its natural oils. It will make your hair light and shiny, and can give it a volume boost as well!
Coffee grounds have so many uses besides making that wonderful liquid we drink to get ourselves going each morning! How do you plan to reuse your used coffee grounds? If you have any other ways to reuse coffee grounds, let us know in the comments. We would love for you to share!